US 10,561,004 B2
Home automation system including light dimmer operation based upon a sequence of partial dimming commands and related methods
Jonathan Andrew Gould, Raleigh, NC (US); and Michael Scott Althoff, Hillsborough, NC (US)
Assigned to K4CONNECT INC., Raleigh, NC (US)
Filed by K4CONNECT INC., Raleigh, NC (US)
Filed on Oct. 31, 2018, as Appl. No. 16/176,224.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/597,018, filed on Dec. 11, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2019/0182936 A1, Jun. 13, 2019
Int. Cl. H05B 37/02 (2006.01); H04L 29/08 (2006.01); H04L 12/28 (2006.01)
CPC H05B 37/0272 (2013.01) [H04L 12/2816 (2013.01); H04L 67/10 (2013.01); H04L 67/12 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A home automation (HA) system comprising:
a plurality of HA operation devices within a structure, at least one of the plurality of HA operation devices comprising a light dimmer for a first area;
a plurality of HA user interface devices for respective users within the structure, each HA user interface device configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one of the plurality of HA operation devices; and
at least one HA hub device within the structure to provide communications for the plurality of HA user interface devices and the plurality of HA operation devices and configured to
receive a light-off command from an HA user interface device within a second area for the light dimmer and send a sequence of partial dimming commands over at least 10 seconds to the light dimmer to turn the light off, and
determine whether the given area is occupied based upon at least one HA operation device, and when occupied, then send a light-on override command to the light dimmer.